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(Top) Walled Garden; Voice. Painting with stills from Not I (Samuel Beckett, performance filmed in 1973), 2018
(Above) Pizan's Garden. Altered Annunciation with detail of The Merode Altarpiece (Workshop of Robert Campin, c.1427-32), 2018.

Press Release excerpts:
Walled Garden takes its name from the medieval genre of the enclosed garden (hortus conclusus), which denotes a space set apart, specifically a feminine space. Wright uses the space inside a glass bell jar to present incomplete views of women; the photographed flowers inside the bell jar and the painted flowers outside mimic the millefleur device used in medieval tapestries to indicate a symbolic garden. In a process that combines painting with photographic image Wright weaves a pictorial space that is neither purely one nor the other, and like the unreliable narrator invites questions about the veracity of what is being depicted.

Wright’s more recent series, 
Pizan’s Garden, is rooted in a literary text by the medieval scholar Christine de Pizan, whose proto-feminist work, The Book of the City of Ladies, was published in 1405. Pizan imagined an allegorical walled city, built, populated, and governed by women and guided by three allegorical female figures: Reason, Rectitude, and Justice. Wright imagines a garden in Pizan’s city, a similarly allegorical space that reflects on agency and self-determination. Again combining painting with photography, each work in the series cites an Old Master annunciation painting, which Wright has altered, bisecting the original composition and replacing the figure of the Archangel Gabriel with a mirrored image of Mary, shifting the balance of power to create a very different kind of encounter.

Studio installation 2108: Walled Garden series.


Paintings with photographic citations.
Acrylic paints, sprayed acrylic, pigmented inkjet print on canvas
40 x 50 inches
2017/2018

 

Outside In at Felician University September 23-November 30, 2017


Outside In is a group exhibition curated by Scott Reeds with a catalogue essay written by Tom McGlynn. Participating artists: Anney Bonney, Paul Corio, Emily Feinstein, Rachel Gorchov, Fred Hayes, Frank Holiday, Stephen Maine, Jim Osman, Rob de Oude, Scott Reeds, Hilda Shen, Tricia Wright, Natalie Zubko.

Exhibition Dates: September 23-Nov 30, 2017
Location: Felician University, 1 Felician Way, Rutherford, NJ
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